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The SEEDS toolkit - Social Economy for NGOs

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SEEDS – Social Economy Entrepreneurship
Development Skills toolkit developed during the SEEDS Capacity Building project (KA2, Erasmus+)


Aims of the tool

To create a methodology to teach Non- Governmental Organizations (NGOs) a social economy mindset and develop entrepreneurial skills for supporting sustainable activity.

Description of the tool

The methods were created in Genoa, Italy in September 2015, developed in Mexico in November 2015 and tested in local workshops in Finland, Sweden, Italy, Romania, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Mexico during the first half of 2016. The methods and workshops were then evaluated in two evaluation meetings in Romania and Argentina. From this process this collection of 10 methods were born. The methods develop the topics of Ideology and Ethic, Business Plan, Marketing and Communication and Project Cycle Management. These topics were deemed crucial development points for NGOs, as well as interesting convergence points between the work within NGOs and a business mindset. Each topic has between one and four different methods attached to it. We hope that these methods can serve as inspiration to your work in introducing Social Economy to your NGO. All methods have been created by the SEEDS team and you are welcome to develop and adapt them to your needs, or even just copy them to your use directly. We hope that these methods will help your NGO develop your own sustainable activity model, and maybe introduce some new ways of thinking.

Best of luck,
the SEEDS team

p.s. please follow us on Facebook at Social Economy Resources
All methods are also available online on

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Tool overview

The SEEDS toolkit - Social Economy for NGOs

This tool is for

Youth workers, Youth leaders, Project managers

and addresses

Project Management, Organisational Management

It is recommended for use in:

Training and Networking
Capacity Building

Materials needed:

The toolkit describes 10 different methods and each one requires different materials


The toolkit describes 10 different methods and each one has a different duration from 30 to 60 mins.

Behind the tool

The tool was created by

Production by SEEDS team, Co-editors: Eelin Hoffström, Rasmus Hoffström

in the context of

The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Konstantinos Stergiou (on 2 September 2017)

and last modified

13 July 2017

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